Success Stories

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Chain Reaction

With the Presidential voting year rapidly approaching, it is abundantly clear that strong leaders are needed in all communities. Escambia County is no exception. That’s why Chain Reaction (CR) works to develop essential leadership qualities for teens. Luke came to CR in search of a supportive environment in which to build self-confidence and resilience. By serving for 3 years on CR Teen Council, Luke learned how to work as  part of a team and strengthened his communication skills, planning and collaboration techniques. Currently, Luke serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate for CR where he helps staff with program and curriculum development. He will use the leadership skills that CR helped foster while at Florida State University’s Honors Medical Scholars Program and in his future service to others.


Catholic Charities, Circles NWFL Program

As a young mother living in poverty, Veronica raised her daughter in similar projects as those where she grew up. Even with a full-time job, Veronica and her daughter were moving toward the same type of generational poverty that 28% of our community’s children face. Thankfully, she found her way to the Circles program at Catholic Charities where she was supported with tactics that helped her move to a better future. Today, Veronica is a Circles Coach and helps move others toward a brighter future.